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    Posted: Jul 16 2014 at 9:03am
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Fidel Castro of Cuba (miss)

If you can devise a harebrained scheme the CIA has not yet used to try to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro, you might want to send a memo to their Langley headquarters. A 2006 BBC documentary and companion book covered 638 known attempts on Castro’s life. The CIA wasn’t behind every botched hit on El Comandante, but it is well documented that the agency has hired the Mafia, poisoned seashells, infected a diving suit with fungus and tried to poison his food with drugs to make him appear irrational and insane (some of Fidel’s rambling speeches make one wonder if the latter plot hadn’t actually worked). According to the book, written by former Castro bodyguard Fabian Escalante, the assassination plots continued until at least 2000, when a former CIA operative was arrested for trying to blow up Castro’s podium during a speech in Panama. None have worked, of course, and Castro remains alive — barely.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 16 2014 at 9:04am
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 16 2014 at 9:04am

Michael Manley of Jamaica (miss)

U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was getting a bad vibration from Michael Manley, who became the Jamaican prime minister in 1972. Manley was friendly with Cuba and the Soviets, and wanted to implement socialist policies. The CIA targeted him with three unsuccessful assassination attempts — by Jamaican soldiers, Cuban exiles and Jamaican gunmen– during his successful 1976 reelection bid. The attempts were detailed in a 1977 investigative report in Penthouse magazine (for those who read it for the articles).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 16 2014 at 9:05am
Castro is a monster.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 16 2014 at 9:06am

Ahmed Dlimi of Morocco (hit)

Officially, General Ahmed Dlimi was killed in a 1983 car accident. But that statement came from the government that allegedly had him killed with the support and help of the CIA. Dlimi was a close assistant to the Moroccan king, but also reportedly had ties to an underground military officers’ movement dedicated to overthrowing the monarchy. He was on the CIA’s most wanted list because he advocated closer ties to the former colonial powers in France, not the U.S. Another dissident officer and former Moroccan army lieutenant, who was then living in exile in Sweden, told Africa Today in 1983 that Hassan’s security team undoubtedly had Dlimi killed, and the CIA helped them.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 16 2014 at 9:09am

Mohammed Mossadegh of Iran (miss)

The CIA and the Muslim world got off on the wrong foot in 1953. In one of its first major global political actions, the CIA overthrew the popularly elected Iranian government and installed the corrupt and brutal Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Kermit Roosevelt, grandson of Theodore and then-Near East operations chief for the CIA, detailed the coup in a 1979 book, and Tim Weiner obtained two extensive classified histories of the coup for his award-winning history of the CIA, Legacy of Ashes. The CIA and the British government spent millions of dollars trying to oust Mohammed Mossadegh, a popular politician whose vowed to nationalize Iranian oil exploration. Mossadegh survived several assassination attempts during his two years in power, but was eventually deposed and held under house arrest while the Shah’s secret police terrorized the country for more than 25 years.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 16 2014 at 9:10am

Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala (miss)

The early CIA meddling in Guatemala sounds like a joke, with its backing by a fruit company and a phony arms-cache plan labeled Operation Washtub. But the agency was deadly serious about removing the governing socialists and restoring U.S. influence. In 1954, the CIA created a list of 58 assassination targets, and then trained gunmen, according to CIA documents that were declassified in 1997. But it never carried out the attacks. Instead, it remained in the shadows while the military junta it backed overthrew the democratically elected government of President Jacobo Arbenz.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 16 2014 at 9:12am

Sukarno of Indonesia (miss)

Sukarno, who like many Indonesians, used only one name, had a good run for the leader of a country of 90 million people sitting on 20 billion barrels of oil and trending toward communism. CIA officer Richard Bissell told the Rockefeller Commission in 1975 that the agency had tried to assassinate Sukarno in 1955, but failed to devise a feasible plan. In 1957, President Eisenhower ordered the CIA to overthrow Sukarno, according to CIA records described in the award-winning history of the CIA, Legacy of Ashes. But the ensuing coup failed. Sukarno finally fell in 1965 after an even bloody revolution. The CIA wasn’t heavily involved, but the agency helped establish and support the subsequent 32-year dictatorship of Sukarno’s brutal successor, Suharto.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 16 2014 at 9:13am

Patrice Lumumba of the Congo (hit)

While the CIA tried to take out Castro, the agency was also cooking up a plot against the Castro of Africa, Patrice Lumumba. In 1960, a master chemist flew to the Congo with poison syringes for tainting the food, drink or toothpaste of the newly elected leader, who was suspected of being a communist. President Eisenhower ordered the hit during a National Security Council meeting, according to the Senate testimony of an NSC note taker. However, the CIA station director backed down. Months later, Lumumba was captured and shot to death two days before John F. Kennedy’s inauguration — officially on Belgian orders, but CIA memos discuss assassination by gunshot.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 16 2014 at 9:15am

General Abdel Karim Qasim of Iraq (miss)

The CIA helped establish Saddam Hussein’s bloody regime. It backed his Ba’ath party’s overthrow of General Abdel Karim Qasim’s military government, though it tried to kill Qasim first. He had overthrown the monarchy, exposed CIA ties to the royals and became friendly with communists. When the Ba’ath party initially failed to assassinate Qasim in a gunfight, the CIA’s so-called Health Alteration Committee mailed a monogrammed, poisoned handkerchief to Qasim, as detailed in a 1975 report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Qasim apparently didn’t need to blow his nose, so it took a bloody coup to unseat and kill him.

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